Harm - A significant and/or long-lasting adverse impact on people, the environment or the community.
Hierarchy of control - A series of controls, which should be applied in the following order (a number of these options may be considered and applied individually, or in combination):
Eliminate – the complete elimination of the hazard
Substitute – replacing the material or process with a less hazardous one
Redesign – redesigning the equipment or work processes
Separate – isolating the hazard by collective guarding or enclosing it
Administrative – providing controls such as training, procedures, etc.
PPE – Isolating the employees from the hazard with providing and obligation of usage of Personal Protective Equipment
HSE Documents - HSE related documents, either electronic or paper (e.g. procedures, work instructions, checklists, training tools, etc.) developed and implemented to provide HSE direction, guidance and requirements and ensure organizations operate in a safe manner and in compliance.
HSE Impacts - Any change that has adverse or beneficial effects on health, safety or the environment resulting from the organization’s aspects. Some examples of impacts include toxic effects from exposure to chemicals, asphyxiation from confined spaces, resource depletion from energy usage, pollution from air emissions, and environmental release during product distribution.
HSE expenditures - Costs (CAPEX and OPEX) of any and all materials, assets, services and projects, which are arising from or related to ensuring compliance with HSE regulations, internal procedures or standard requirements, or can mitigate HSE risks, or improve HSE performance.
HSE non-compliance - A non-fulfillment of a requirement of
a) HSE MS, policy, operational regulation and
b) HSE related laws, legislation (inspection surveys and resolutions)
HSE Penalty - Monetary fines levied for violating HSE related laws & regulations.
HSE Behaviours - Those behaviors that are expected to result from effective implementation of the organization’s HSE MS. This includes the behaviors of employees, all levels of leadership, contractors and other non-employees with access to operations of the company.
HSE Liability Assessment - The process of revealing HSE non-compliances of the company and assessment of expenditure need related to solving the revealed HSE non-compliances.
Hazardous materials - Substances that have the potential to pose a significant risk to the health and safety of people or the environment.
Hazardous waste, HW - Waste featuring one or several hazardous characteristics listed in the local applicable legislation. It is categorized according to source of waste production: a) arising from normal operation b) emergency events c) resulting from construction/demolition d) from past operations.
Hazardous process - Undesired, dangerous release of materials or energy (e.g., toxic or corrosive discharges, fires, and explosions) with potential for causing serious injury to people and/or significant property or environmental damage.
Hazards - Source or situation with the potential to cause harm in terms of injury or illness, assets damage, damage to the environment, or combinations of both.
HSE due diligence - An HSE assessment and/or audit of a potential investment, including identification of HSE risks and related costs.